I recently started EMDR therapy. I am never shy about sharing that I go to a therapist...just for LIFE. I like being happy. And one way to stay happy is to take anti-depression medications. Another way, which has been scientifically proven to equal the same reactions and success rate as depression meds, is talk therapy. So I go for the med-free path. But I do NOT say everyone should be avoiding meds, if it will save your life: take the pills. But my most recent experience with my therapist has been SO INTERESTING.
We started EMDR. And it gently, subtly and dramatically brings up weaknesses manifesting in the body, dealing with old pain and ancient hurt that is HOLDING YOU BACK. I feel like a whole, brand new woman since my first experience with it.
I held two vibrating discs in my hands, one in each. And I had ear phones on my head that were taking turns making soft tones in my left, then right ear, back and forth and back and forth. This works on balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain, thus bringing balance, somehow to your past, present and future mind and body. My therapist had me envisioning positive images, personal to me. Then he had me talk through whatever "came up" or came to mind as my hands and ears buzzed back and forth.
I am going back for more. I was freaking out crying toward the end and he made me feel safe and warm, healed and happy. I have no idea what happened, but I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I feel like a leaner, healthier, calmer and more patient woman and Mom ever since. Learn more here, I highly recommend it, if you can find a really good, well-trained EMDR therapist in your area: http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr/what-is-emdr.html
I get asked which I prefer more, quite often, between Focus T25 and P90X3.
Here's the skinny, no pun intended....
T25 is probably my favorite program right now, as far as mindless, easy, anyone can do-exercise/fitness/movement. The modifications cater to TRULY ANYONE, at any fitness level. So I recommend it most often, lately, because it is great for beginners as well as more advanced people who need to be pushed. The multiple levels of options in each move are the best Beachbody has offered to date. PLUS, the programs are each 25 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is STUPID easy for ANYONE to fit in. Cardio makes us lean, this is a fact. And it is good for your heart! No brainer there. But different than Shaun T's Insanity workout program, it does not at all beat your joints up or leave you crying for Mother Mary. I find it WAY, WAY more enjoyable. Plus the addition of free weights in month 2 make it something that really speaks to me. I love synergistic exercise, LOVE IT (exercise where you move multiple body parts at once, like doing a lunge with the legs and curl with the arms/free weights at the same time-I love moving in that way).
As for P90X3, I have done that as well. And Tony Horton IS. THE. MAN. Seriously. Anyone who loves and respects Yoga as much as he, has GOT to have his mind super squared away, in my opinion. I did T25 when I was moving, stressed out, deploying husband, had NO TIME and it provided, quick, mindless, effective workouts for an extremely busy lifestyle. It worked really well for me. But when it is time to take your life and totally resurrect your wellness and health, then P90X3 is the PERFECT place to start. You will NEVER get bored with this program. You will be jumping lightly, moving like a speed skater, doing Pilates, Yoga and pull ups with a bar or band, whichever your body or home accommodates. The equipment is minimal and fun. You work each and every muscle group in your body in a million different ways. Blocks one and two are SUPER easy compared to the 1st version of P90X and block 3 is where the massive results seem to happen for most people (so you CANNOT quit or you will be disappointed, but who likes a quitter anyway?). The modifications are not quite as obvious in this program as they are in T25, but I can help you make that better if you are a beginner, or plug into a good coach who will help you there. I recommend it because it is Beachbody and ANYTHING they make is worth the money and comes with a free coach. These workouts are 30 minutes and I preferred following the "Lean" version, but you have 3 options/versions to best choose from for your particular body type. So the amazing options are endless. This is definitely a good one to have in a life long video library and always have on hand to own.
In both the programs, the meal planners are extremely decent. I will leave it at that. But again, working with an experienced coach is where your success will lie in this department. To sum it all up, just get moving. Your body will LOVE you for it. "Do your best and forget the rest." FOR REAL. Please contact me for more info, if you want to talk about it further HERE is to your ever-improving health and fitness!!!!!!!!
XOXOX, Good vibes and high fives, Coach Becca Sweeney
My Favorite Chicken Recipe
(fat shredder, grain-free, from the P90X2 food guide)
• 6 medium roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
• ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
• 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 1 Tbsp Olive oil
• 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
• 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
• ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme
• 1 tsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
• 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
-For salsa, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
-For chicken breast, combine all ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Shake to distribute well, seal and marinate in fridge for at least 1 hour.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
-Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade.
-place chicken in glass baking dish. Cover with foil and place in oven for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
-Serve with salsa on top; garnish with fresh basil leaves.
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